New Team Ef­fort to Re­store Coastal Habi­tat Marred by BP Oil Spill

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NOAA re­cently an­nounced a mul­ti­year part­ner­ship and a new project to help re­store Gulf of Mex­ico habi­tats hurt by the Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon oil spill.

NOAA has teamed up with Ducks Un­lim­ited in an ini­tial co­op­er­a­tive agree­ment, in co­or­di­na­tion with the State of Texas, to fo­cus on marsh restora­tion at eight sites along the Texas coast.

The Dredged Ma­te­rial Plan­ning for Wet­land Restora­tion Project in­cludes $1.8 mil­lion for restora­tion in the Gulf of Mex­ico, fund­ing that will specif­i­cally sup­port work on ma­rine and coastal habi­tat con­ser­va­tion and restora­tion goals re­lated to the Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon oil spill, pri­or­i­tiz­ing and de­vel­op­ing guide­lines for restora­tion of these de­grad­ing in­ter­tidal habi­tats so they will sup­port a di­ver­sity of fish and ma­rine life im­por­tant to com­mer­cial and recre­ational fish­eries and other recre­ational in­dus­tries.

The fund­ing is part of a 2017 an­nounce­ment of grants to im­ple­ment projects restor­ing habi­tats and coast­lines dam­aged by oil and chem­i­cal spills us­ing funds re­cov­ered from those re­spon­si­ble for en­vi­ron­men­tal harm. And this new chap­ter in NOAA’S part­ner­ship with Ducks Un­lim­ited has po­ten­tial for ad­di­tional fund­ing to sup­port sim­i­lar projects in other re­gions over a five-year time pe­riod.

NOAA’S Dam­age As­sess­ment, Re­me­di­a­tion and Restora­tion Pro­gram, which works across mul­ti­ple of­fices, helps to re­store nat­u­ral re­sources af­ter disasters like the Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon, bring­ing the habi­tat back to its con­di­tion be­fore the in­ci­dent. Part­ner­ships like this pro­vide NOAA and other nat­u­ral-re­source trus­tees ad­di­tional op­tions for projects to quickly ad­dress nat­u­ral-re­source in­juries, and part­ners bring dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and in­no­va­tions that con­trib­ute to restora­tion goals.

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